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Event Notification Report for October 24, 2013

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Event Reports For
10/23/2013 - 10/24/2013

** EVENT NUMBERS **


49443 49465 49467 49468 49469

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Agreement State Event Number: 49443
Rep Org: COLORADO DEPT OF HEALTH
Licensee: MARTINEZ ASSOCIATES, LLC
Region: 4
City: DENVER State: CO
County:
License #: 1076-01
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: JAMES JARVIS
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/15/2013
Notification Time: 13:53 [ET]
Event Date: 10/13/2013
Event Time: [MDT]
Last Update Date: 10/17/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
MICHAEL HAY (R4DO)
FSME EVENTS RESOURCE (E-MA)
PAMELA HENDERSON (FSME)
ILTAB (E-MA)

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3" level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN TROXLER MOISTURE DENSITY GAUGE

The following report was received from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radioactive Materials Unit via e-mail:

"On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at approximately 8:30 am MDT (Mountain Daylight Time), the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for a portable gauge licensee (Martinez Associates, LLC; Colorado License No. 1076-01, Amendment 09) based in Denver, Colorado notified the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Radioactive Materials Unit that a Troxler moisture density gauge was stolen on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from a private vehicle parked at the private residence of an employee. The private residence was located in Thornton, Colorado. The stolen gauge was last used on Friday, October 11, 2013 and the theft was reported (by the employee) to the RSO and local law enforcement (Thornton, Colorado, Police) on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at approximately 8:30 pm MDT.

"The stolen gauge was a Troxler model 3430 (gauge serial number 23358), containing approximately 8 mCi (03/17/1994 assay date) of Cs-137 (source serial #75-5374) and 40 mCi (03/08/1994 assay date) of Am-241:Be (source serial #47-19240).

"CDPHE will conduct an investigation and evaluation of the circumstances surrounding the reported theft and intends to issue a press release regarding the incident. Further details and information from the licensee is pending."

* * * UPDATE FROM JAMES JARVIS TO CHARLES TEAL ON 10/16/13 AT 0944 EDT * * *

"On October 15, 2013, the Radiation Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) reported to the NRC Operations Center that a gauge had been stolen from an apartment complex in Thornton, Colorado. The City of Thornton, Colorado Police reported to CDPHE at approximately 10 pm on October 15, 2013 that the gauge had been recovered and that suspects were in custody. The gauge was transported to the City of Thornton Police for further criminal evaluation. The CDPHE will assist the Thornton Police as they evaluate the device."

Notified R4DO (Hay), FSME (Henderson), ILTAB (Wray) via email, and FSME Event Resource via email.

* * * UPDATE FROM JAMES JARVIS TO CHARLES TEAL ON 10/17/13 AT 1019 EDT * * *

"In our email dated 10/16/13 (7:43 am), it was incorrectly reported that the Thornton, Colorado Police Department (PD) had suspects in custody. The Thornton PD had questioned suspects at the time of their notification to our agency, but did not have the individuals in custody nor were any arrests made. All other information is correct to the best of our knowledge and the gauge remains in the custody of the police at this time."

Notified R4DO (Azua), ILTAB (Wray) and FSME Event Resource via email.

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49465
Facility: SUSQUEHANNA
Region: 1 State: PA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DARVIN DUTTRY
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 10/23/2013
Notification Time: 10:20 [ET]
Event Date: 10/23/2013
Event Time: 06:20 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 99 Power Operation 99 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

REACTOR BUILDING DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE LESS THAN REQUIRED BY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

"On October 23, 2013 at 0620, Susquehanna Steam Electric Station operators observed secondary containment differential pressure was at negative 0.17 inches water gauge for Zone II (Unit 2 Reactor Building). Tech Spec Secondary Containment Operability requires a negative pressure of at least 0.25 inches water gauge. Zone I (Unit 1 Reactor Building) and III (Common Refuel Floor Area) ventilation remained in service and stable.

"Zone II differential pressure was restored to within the required band by manual damper adjustment in about 15 minutes and was verified to be stable. LCO 3.6.4.1 was entered for both units at 0620 and exited at 0635.

"This event is being reported under 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v) and per the guidance of NUREG 1022 Rev 3 section 3.2.7 as a loss of a Safety Function. There is no redundant Susquehanna Secondary Containment System."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49467
Facility: MILLSTONE
Region: 1 State: CT
Unit: [ ] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3,[2] CE,[3] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: MICHEL CICCONE
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 10/23/2013
Notification Time: 13:08 [ET]
Event Date: 10/23/2013
Event Time: 10:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
DANIEL HOLODY (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

STACK RADIATION MONITORS OUT OF SERVICE FOR PRE-PLANNED MAINTENANCE

Millstone Unit-2 is performing pre-planned maintenance on the power station stack and Unit-2 high range stack radiation monitors. The monitors are expected to be out of service for six hours.

Notified the R1DO (Holody).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49468
Facility: OCONEE
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [1] [2] [3]
RX Type: [1] B&W-L-LP,[2] B&W-L-LP,[3] B&W-L-LP
NRC Notified By: JULIE OLIVIER
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/23/2013
Notification Time: 15:02 [ET]
Event Date: 10/22/2013
Event Time: 18:32 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
26.719 - FITNESS FOR DUTY
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N N 0 Defueled 0 Defueled
3 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

FITNESS FOR DUTY REPORT INVOLVING A LICENSED EMPLOYEE

A licensed employee had a confirmed positive test for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee's access to the plant has been placed on hold.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 49469
Facility: ROBINSON
Region: 2 State: SC
Unit: [2] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [2] W-3-LP
NRC Notified By: JOSEPH TODD
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 10/23/2013
Notification Time: 15:25 [ET]
Event Date: 10/23/2013
Event Time: 14:05 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 10/23/2013
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
STEVEN VIAS (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
2 N N 0 Refueling 0 Refueling

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF A FATALITY ONSITE

"This is a non-emergency event notification.

"On 10/23/2013, a supplemental worker (i.e., a contract individual) suffered an apparent heart attack while servicing portable lighting equipment in a site perimeter parking lot. This parking lot is used by plant workers and is located outside of the Owner Controlled Area. Medical personnel who responded to this location found the worker unresponsive and transported the individual by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Following the evaluation by emergency room personnel, the individual was pronounced deceased at 1016 EDT. OSHA was being notified pursuant to the requirements of 29 CFR 1904.39 based on a fatality that could be work related. As such, this ENS report was made to the NRC in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi). There was no radioactive contamination involved in this event. The health and safety of the public was not affected.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

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